Monday, September 30, 2013

Goodbye my Friend

  • John Chaney, 63, took this image of a female elephant performing a standing vigil by the carcass of her dead friend
  • The female elephant can be seen holding on to the tusk of the dead male with her trunk
  • She had to scare off surrounding vultures and hyenas to get to the body in a wildlife park in Botswana
  • All those who witnessed the emotional scene during a tour of the wildlife park in Africa were brought to tears
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  • This heart-wrenching image has captured the incredibly rare moment a mourning elephant says goodbye to her fallen friend.

    John Chaney, 63, was on a safari trip in Botswana with his wife Diane when they came across the carcass of a dead elephant surrounded by vultures and hyenas.

    As their guide called park rangers to come and remove the tusks so they wouldn't fall into the hands of poachers, another elephant charged over to the body.

    The female elephant scared off the animals surrounding the carcass before tenderly placing her trunk around the tusk of the dead male.

    Mr Chaney revealed how the group were then brought to tears as the female elephant stood guard over the body of her friend for several hours in what appeared to be a moving vigil.

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